J. J. Thomson. Recollections and Reflections. London: 1936. First Edition. Signed.

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    THOMSON, J. J. (Joseph John) (SIGNED) Nobel Laureate in Physics. Recollections and Reflections. [ Among Thomson's contributions: Discovery & Identification of the Electron, Invention of the Mass Spectrometer and Identification of Isotopes of a stable element]. London: G. Bell & Sons , 1936. First Edition. SIGNED AND DATED "J. J. THOMSON / DEC 1936" without personalization. Laid in is a short note from his wife, Rose Elisabeth Thomson on Trinity Lodge stationery dated December 7, 1936 and signed "R. E. T.". Also laid in is a review of the book from the Sunday Times December 6, 1936. Very Good+ hardback First Edition First Printing with foxing edges, scattered foxing pages, creases ffep. In a Very Good Dust Jacket with edge chips & wear, foxing, soil, sun spine. 8vo. viii, 451 pp. Scarce. Hardcover. Very Good+.


    The Nobel Prize in Physics 1906 was awarded to J. J. Thomson (1856-1940) "in recognition of the great merits of his theoretical and experimental investigations on the conduction of electricity by gasses". "I determined m/e for the carriers of negative electricity emitted by metals exposed to ultra-violet light; it was the same as that for the cathode rays. I found also that this was true for the carriers of negative electricity given out by hot metals. I also determined the value of e for the electric charge carried by these negatively electrified particles, and found that it was the same as that carried by the hydrogen atom in the electrolysis of liquids. This left no doubt that the large value of e/m was due to the smallness of the mass and not to the magnitude of the charge. I brought these results before the meeting of the British Association at Dover in 1899..." (Recollections and Reflections, J. J. Thompson, London: Bell & Sons).

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